Where I live, needlepoint stitchers typically don’t blog. That’s not just Florida; I’m beginning to think the same can be said pretty much about everywhere.
But there is a niche population of stitchers out there who occasionally do so.
The question is, how to reach them. I’d love to read their stuff out in the blogosphere.
It might be that the reason there are so few (see my blogroll, for some fine examples) is the absence of an audience (that is to say, traffic of motivational size). Or that blogging is a lot of work, when you think about it, and that stitchers would rather be stitching in their spare time.
To my knowledge, WordPress does not release comparative numbers, only traffic flow in the aggregate (I could be wrong, but I have not seen averages broken by blog category). So it is impossible to determine if traffic on WordPress.com needlepoint blogs are less or more than, say, news or cinema or art-related ones, although inferences can be made by studying viewer comments.
Now, I’m not talking about the ones who write so-called faux blogs, that is to say, blogs that are meant to drive some commercial activity, some of whose URLs are registered through proxy domain LLCs.
There are plenty of those. (IMHO, there’s nothing wrong with press release or trunk show announcement or product update style blogs, per se, which make free use of WordPress, as a marketing tool, so long as the commercial intent is plain to the viewer.)
But the dearth of non-commercial, active needlepoint blogs is almost painful, given the overall size of the blogosphere.
Just search with the key words “needlepoint blog”, and you will see what I mean. Not a single active blog, in the first page or two at least, of, say, Google, by anyone who is not trying to sell something. The same situation seems to hold true when you look at that Read Blogs section in WordPress that I mentioned a few posts back, although in a less pronounced fashion.
So where is everybody?
I’m talking about those who blog about needlepoint stitching in the pure, as it were.
The ones who enjoy discussing an unstitched canvas, as they contemplate stitching it, or the project(s) they are currently stitching, or the ones they have just finished.
Maybe because it’s so difficult to paint a word picture that captures the essence of a particular project, what I’m calling here the Zen of Needlepointing (I’m surprised there isn’t a book by that title out already, at least not on Amazon). I love to look at finished work, but the uploaded image of a finished canvas, bare without a story behind it, hardly conveys the journey taken and what was gained by the stitcher in stitching it.
I like those backstories, and will try to put some of my own in here. But sharing those backstories is kind of a communal activity, if you will, and stitching for some is a solitary activity. Not always, of course.
Personally, I don’t often needlepoint with a group, but some needlepointers enjoy this. In Florida, they call these Stitch ‘n Bitch sessions.
Those types of small gatherings are held in the clubhouses of gated communities, or in private homes. They are sometimes needlessly big on setting arbitrary rules about needlepoint stitching, but for many, are enjoyable social occasions.
But I don’t think younger needlepoint stitchers, wherever they may live, are keen on that sort of thing. And I doubt they bother much looking for needlepoint forums either. Or chatrooms. I hope they blog, though, or read blogs about stitching needlepoint. And I’d definitely like to know what they think of a hobby I’ve done all my life.
To me, the best stitching is meditative.
Something done without hurry or distractions in a calm and quiet place.
Maybe blogging about it is just optional.
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